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Swing Analysis: Martin Kaymer 2014

If you wanted to pick a swing to model your pivot movement after it would have to be Martin Kaymer. His body works so well that he can get away with crossing the line and dropping the hands not only straight down but actually backwards. I always try to get my students not to do this, as it usually leads to multiple problems in the downswing (the pattern has the shaft steep early in the downswing then flattening late, which causes the shaft to get stuck behind the hands, and also lends itself to having the right leg shoot out toward the ball and the hips driving out of the box), but Kaymer controls the shaft beautifully and stays deep […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: As Seen on TV: Johnny Miller: Still Mr. “Down the Line”

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: As Seen on TV: Johnny Miller: Still Mr. “Down the Line”.   There’s not much to say about this short video. You pretty much know what’s coming just by reading the title. We get a nice DTL view of Martin Kaymer moving in super slow motion through impact with an iron, and while the club head is arcing nicely to the left after impact Johnny declares that it is moving “right down the line”. It just goes to show […]

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Online Students: Scott Knoblach

This is an email Scott sent along with his swings: Hi Wayne- “I wrote you an e-mail a few weeks ago to get your thoughts on in-person lessons vs. on-line. You suggested we start on-line, so here goes! My primary goal in golf to develop the best golf swing I’m capable of producing. I’ve come to a point where I can only get so far competitively with my current technique, and frankly, I know I’m capable of much more. With your help I believe I can produce a golf swing that is much more efficient and fundamentally sound. So, I’m very excited and optimistic to engage your expertise in my swing development. I’ve watched many clips on your site and […]

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Online Students: Michael Thackray

Mike has an excellent swing that can be helped by improving his rhythm and tempo. As we know, rhythm refers to the ratio of backswing time to forward swing time (3:1 being optimum based on studies of a large amount of great players) while tempo refers to the overall amount of time it takes to make a swing from the moment the clubhead moves away from the ball to the moment it hits the ball. Mike’s major issue in his swing is the slow unwinding of the lower body in the downswing. His left knee does not disappear behind the right from the down the line view until the shaft is all the way down to parallel to the ground, […]

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Playing for Money: Len Mattiace Part 6

If you’ve been following Lenny this year you can see just how difficult it is sometimes when you’re playing pretty good but just not putting things together. Lenny just missed another cut by a shot, shooting a poor 77 in his first round but coming back with a 32 on his second nine for a 69 the second day. We spent 3-4 hours together a week before at Lakewood (where the swings in the video were taken) and I felt like we are getting to the bottom of his ball striking inconsistencies. Lenny is a relentlessly positive guy (you really have to be if you are going to try to play for a living) but I know how frustrating it […]

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The Drills Challenge: Drill Number 3

The Drills Challenge, Drill Number 3. According to the rules of The Drills Challenge you must pass Drill Number 2 to access Drill Number 3. The Drills Challenge is a separate feature available to Premium members and is designed to improve your swing and encourage interactive participation.

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Pro Tip of the Week: Hitting Stations

The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. This weeks pro tip is: Hitting Stations.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Online Students: Jonathan Barwick

Let’s start Jonathan’s lesson with the email he sent with his swing. I always like to get background info before I do an analysis, just like I would do in a face to face lesson by asking a few questions while the student warms up.   “I’ve been playing golf for around 10 years, roughly since my early 20′s. Got down to a high single digit on a very wide open course a few years ago when I was playing 3 times a week, but now am up to a 13.5 HCP and just get trampled by a course that’s tight off the tee. Plenty of distance already but want to strike the ball much better and hit it in […]

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Online Students: Tim Maclaughlan

This is a powerful individual with a nice flowing swing and plenty of trunk mobility who could greatly benefit from better use of the pivot and better right arm technique. Tim doesn’t gain much depth in the backswing, preferring to maintain his height and keep his right leg pretty much in the same place at the top as it was at address, and the lack of the use of the ground shows up in the transition and forward swing as he separates his knees in the start down and narrows his arms with the shaft moving steeper in the initial movement. The right arm falls behind the body as legs come out from under him and his head backs up, […]

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Not Just another Day in the Life

Sunday June 22 was a truly crazy day. I had been in Myrtle Beach since I drove down from DC Thursday afternoon, and had played a nice practice round on Friday at the Grande Dunes course. Saturday morning was the Sponsor Pro-Am, and I teed it up at 8:15 feeling OK, but a little dicey after the warm-up. The last 3 months had been off and on with what I thought were hip problems, as the pain that I felt in the mornings was located in the right hip and glute area, and at one point it got bad enough to convince me to see an orthopedic and get an MRI. The results showed that it was not my hip, […]

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